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June 17, 2006

Is North Korea Close To Testing ICBM?

US Says Yes... And It Could Happen This Weekend

Defense department officials believe North Korea has accelerated its preparations for testing a new intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) -- and what's more, that test could come as early as this weekend.

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USUA, USPPA Join Forces To Support Ultralight Aviation

Allows PPG Pilots To Train Under USUA Guidelines

The missions of the United States Ultralight Association and the United States Powered Paragliding Association are very similar. They both have the task of supporting, promoting and representing powered ultralight aviation -- and, both organizations have been at the forefront of powered ultralight training and safety issues.

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General Says Zarqawi Strike Showed Aerial Flexibility Of Armed Forces

Establishes Timeline Of Attack That Killed al-Qaeda Leader

The attack that killed Abu Musab al-Zarqawi demonstrates the flexibility that air assets give commanders, officials in Baghdad said earlier this week.

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Marine Corps Ospreys 'Writing The Book' On Long-Range Deployments

Transcontinental Flights Pave Way For Overseas Flights

Aero-News learned this week that Marine Corps crews successfully completed two non-stop, coast-to-coast flights this week with a pair of MV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft, in preparation for a transatlantic flight to England with the same Ospreys in July.

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GT Propellers Give Fresh Air To M-14 Engines

New Blades Provide Improved Cruise Speed, Faster Acceleration

Aero-News has learned that Italy's GT Propellers has finished testing its new wood and composite-bladed propeller specially designed for Russian Vedeyneev M-14 engines, commonly seen on Yak aerobatic aircraft.

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DARPA, Air Force And AirLaunch LLC Drop Test Sets New C-17 Record

Heaviest Single Load Record Comes After Longest Object Dropped Last Year

A team comprised of AirLaunch LLC, DARPA and the US Air Force made history this week, as a simulated AirLaunch QuickReach(TM) rocket weighing 65,000 lbs was dropped out of a C-17A cargo aircraft -- the heaviest single load to ever be dropped out of the plane.

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AirShares Elite Expands To Rhode Island

Plans June 21 Grand Opening

AirShares Elite New England -- part of the shared aircraft ownership program AirShares Elite -- told ANN this week it has expanded operations to the T.F. Green Airport (KPVD) in Providence, RI, giving pilots in southeastern Massachusetts, Rhode Island and eastern Connecticut access to its fleet of state-of-the-art four-seat aircraft for business and personal travel.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Tips (06.17.06): Personal Minimums Epiphany


When establishing personal minimums, consider your ability to fly partial panel in any given environmental conditions.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (06.17.06)


World War II aircraft nose art.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (06.17.06): GLS


Global Positioning Landing System -- Integrates data from the global navigation satellite system, ground stations and a multi-mode receiver on the airplane to provide pinpoint accuracy of the airplane's position relative to the runway and surrounding terrain.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (06.17.06)

"The North Koreans have been working on it for a while without much of a let up ... We think they are speeding up."

Source: An unidentified DoD official, on what the US suspects will be an imminent test of North Korea's latest intercontinental ballistic missile, the two-stage Taepodong 2.

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RI TFR: 06.19.06 - 06.25.06

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/9581 Issue Date: June 13, 2006 at 11:54 UTC Location: Quonset State Airport, North Kingston, Rhode Island near PROVIDENCE VORTAC (PVD) Beginning Date and Time: June 19, 2006 at 17:45 UTC Ending Date and Time: June 25, 2006 at 20:45 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Air Show 2006 Type: Airshow Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: Providence (PVD) Air Traffic Control Tower, 401-738-8945

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CO TFR: 06.17.06 - 06.18.06

NOTAM Number: FDC 6/9926 Issue Date: June 15, 2006 at 16:50 UTC Location: Eagle, Colorado Beginning Date and Time: June 17, 2006 at 6:00 UTC Ending Date and Time: June 18, 2006 at 18:25 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for VIP (Very Important Person) Movement Type: VIP Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A

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